Minimizing the impact of serious pests and diseases boils down to three principles…
- Anticipation: Know what threats are affecting your neighbors…they’ll be knocking on your door soon enough!
- Planning: Having a detailed map of your collections is key to understanding where your vulnerabilities are and can help inform an strategic response
- Prioritizing: Focus your surveys on specific threats, conduct them during the optimal season and concentrate your efforts in areas where introduction is highest
The resources below provide helpful examples of “best practices” and include some transferable concepts that would strengthen any preparedness plan!
- The Arnold Arboretum's Asian longhorned beetle monitoring protocol
- The Arnold Arboretum's Asian longhorned beetle management plan (June 2010)
- The Bloedel Reserve's SOP for Mitigating ramorum blight
- Preparing Plant Collections for Biological Invasions: a Study of the Effects of Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) through Case Study Analysis (Gapinski, 2010)